What has amazed awed, and astounded me from my first tentative trips into blogging and the cyberverse, are the wonderful, unforeseen, whimsical, serendipitous, and incredible journeys one click on one link can bring.
I discovered On Dragonfly Wings with Butterfly Tea; a wonderful, inspiring blog written by Becca Givens and full of among other things, her amazing poetry, I believe (but with my foggy mind, could be wrong) through a link at Creativity to the Max, an artistic, powerful, and wise blog written by Judy and Max who I discovered, again I think, through a mention on an incredibly well-written and heart-felt blog: Hibernationnow. In any case, these are all blogs you should visit if you haven’t had the opportunity or the serendipity to do so as yet.
Becca recently received the Candle lighter Award, which drew me to Kate Kresse’s blog Believe Anyway. Kate writes of herself as: “. . . a wife, mother, tutor, writer, friend and faith-filled lady. I am still…a perennial optimist. . . .The purpose of my blog is to inspire, share ideas, express my thoughts, and uplift myself and others. It is my fervent hope that my blog, on my best days, will light the proverbial candle in the darkness. On other days it will at least get some of my thoughts onto electronic paper and stop them from just knocking around in my head.”
Her candle lighters mission: “. . . is for blogs and bloggers that light a candle in the darkness with their blog. What does it mean? Whenever I see a post or blog that I think brings light to the world, I will put a copy of this post and give them The Candle Lighter Award.”
In my efforts to try and quiet the negative demons, I contacted Kate, and asked her permission to share her blog and her candle lighter awards on my blog as I thought others might find her blog and her goal inspiring. Saying in my comment to her “[t]hanks for putting sunshine and light into a world that can so easily slip into the shadows.”
She not only graciously wrote back that I could spread the word about her award and her mission; she gave me a candle lighter award, too! As Kate put it: “Remember: the experience with chronic pain you are undergoing may light the way for someone else.”
At a time like now in my life, to be told that I can be inspiring (by Kate – thank you; and thank you to the others who have said the same in other communications) means a lot to me. I am still at the tao of the crossroads, taking tentative steps (hopefully in the proper footwear and caring the right translation guide book) along a variety of paths; never venturing far from the crossroads themselves. As I will write in my next blog, there seemed a serendipity in all this. Especially as the award capped off a very special day: I had a wonderful, long and thoroughly enjoyable telephone conversation with one friend; and a package sent by another friend, correctly addressed, right down to zip code but which had been delivered to THE WRONG STATE, eventually did find its way to my front porch. Thanks to all of you for your participation in an all-round fantastical day!
Kate asks little of the winner – to link back to her comments when the blog has been posted, and to, of course, if you choose, to pass the award along to anyone you feel deserves it. So, don’t be too surprised if, in the future, I make someone else a candle lighter too. You will be joining an incredible group of inspiring, optimistic, and positive people. I hope to continue to be worthy of the award.
- the amazing things the cyberverse brings: the candle lighter award (phylor.wordpress.com)